Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Health Insurance Enrollment Extended, Job Assistance, Internet Assistance, Vaccine Info and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
May 14, 2021--Each week, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) highlights new and existing resources to support individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or those in need.
We encourage residents and faith-based and nonprofit organizations to share these resources with their neighbors and networks. You can also learn about and share the latest resources and news by following DCHS on Facebook or Twitter or subscribing to the Spanish Language Text Line by texting ALEXINFOESP to 888777.
ALIVE! Food Distribution on Saturday, May 15
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, May 15, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (via Dawes Ave.; see map at alive-inc.org). Drive-through encouraged whenever possible for contactless distribution. For the latest information on ALIVE! food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.
Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Health Insurance Options Extended to August 15
Need health insurance? You may be eligible to enroll in short or long-term health coverage to anyone who is not currently covered during a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act through August 15. During this period, new applications or updates to existing health insurance plans can be submitted, with no qualifying event required. The Virginia State Corporation Commission “Information & Enrollment” webpage provides answers to frequently asked questions. Information is also available in English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese, with translation services available on the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange hotline at 833.740.1364, or the Healthcare.gov hotline at 800.318.2596. Visit coverva.org/assistance for a list of options for in-person and phone assistance.
Register to Vote by May 17
The deadline to register to vote in the June 8 Democratic primary election or update existing registrations is Monday, May 17. The Alexandria ballot includes contests for Virginia Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, House of Delegates (45th District), Mayor and City Council. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/Elections.
Cybersecurity Industry Insider Session for Youth, May 19
Attention youth ages 16 and 17! Are you interested in breaking into the cybersecurity and IT/healthcare fields? Register now for an Industry Insider Session on Breaking into Cybersecurity for Youth, May 19, 5-6:30 p.m. The session will breakdown the IT and cybersecurity career fields and also provide insights on a day in the life in the Information technology and cybersecurity fields. Attendance is free. Learn how to register at alexandriava.gov/115059.
Access Emergency Preparedness Resources During National Hurricane Preparedness Week
This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Check out resources from the City’s Office of Emergency Management including how to prepare an emergency kit, develop an emergency plan and stay informed as well as tips for people with disabilities. Also, access the Northern Virginia Regional Commission Emergency Preparedness Guide in six languages and includes what you need to have on hand, what to do if power is lost, what happens in an evacuation, what to do if emergencies happen while children are in school, and much more.
Assistance for Broadband Service and Discounts on Technology
The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Learn more at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.
Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training
Weekly Jobs Flyer. View this week’s list of employers who are hiring, which the Workforce Development Center (WDC) compiles and releases every Monday. Follow WDC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer listing employers, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.
Free Workshops and Training. Access free WDC job readiness and career development workshops--including interviewing skills, navigating the virtual job fair, transferable skills, one-on-one job coaching, networking and more--and over 5,000 SkillUp online skills training courses. Select WDC workshops are also available in Spanish.
Skills Training Programs and Scholarships. Access training through Re-Employing Virginians and Fast Forward Virginia, two new programs to help Virginians gain skills and credentials in high demand fields and get back to work. Learn more.
Community Meeting to Focus on Affordable Housing Development on Seminary Road on May 25
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) is hosting a public virtual community meeting on May 25 at 7 p.m. to answer questions and provide information about its proposed affordable homeownership development on Seminary Road near North Pickett Street. At this meeting, AHDC team members will present revised site layouts, exterior architecture and preliminary landscaping plans as well as answer community questions. At this time, they are not accepting applications for potential residents for this proposed development and will not have information on sale price of the units. Register for the meeting on Zoom. Learn more at housingalexandria.org/seminary.
Register now for Medicare Workshop on May 27
DCHS is offering a virtual workshop about Medicare for residents who are new to the health care coverage or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary. The workshop provides information on how Medicare works, the different parts of the health insurance program and how to get the most out of Medicare coverage. Next workshop is May 27 at 3 p.m.; register at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
Learn Caregiver Tips and Information
May is Older Americans Month. Check out the May issue of the Caregiver Corner Newsletter, which highlights tips on advance directives. Access the newsletter and other resources for caregivers at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
REMINDER: Child Care Assistance Program Expanded
The Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program has expanded eligibility to include caregivers who are job searching and families earning 85% of the Virginia Median Income. For example, a family of four earning less than $7,412 per month may be eligible for 12 months of assistance. This temporary expansion will help parents cover the cost of child care and find or maintain employment as Virginia takes steps toward recovery from the COVID-19 public health crisis. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 31. Learn more about the program and how to apply and access flyers in English and Spanish.
Vaccinations Now Available to All Residents 12 and Older
The Alexandria Health Department and other providers in Alexandria are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to residents ages 12 and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was previously approved for use in those aged 16 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently only available for ages 18 and older. Visit alexandriava.gov/Vaccines for more information.
Mobile COVID-19 Testing Kiosk Now Available
The Curative COVID-19 Testing Kiosk at Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center (25 W. Reed Ave.) has been replaced by a mobile Curative testing van to offer the ability to access neighborhoods in need. The mobile testing van will be primarily located near Four Mile Run Farmers Market (4109 Vernon Ave.) Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m-1 p.m. The van will operate on Saturdays at other locations and hours based upon need. Visit curative.com to pre-register for a COVID-19 test.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: